Pruning Your Collections

Written on Tue, Apr 26, 2011 by Kyle posted by kyle

Every so often every active comic collector has to deal with the problem of their collection getting too big. For those who can’t simply add another box to their shelf or dark corner of the basement it may be time to look at letting some things go and lighten the load of boxes you already have.

Not everyone will be willing to let any part of their carefully crafted comicĀ  collection go so easily but for most people it’s just a question of taking a few minutes to go through and look at what you have. This isn’t to say it’s an easy thing to admit, but if your collection is big enough to be thinking about getting rid of something than it’s very likely you have a few things you have something that should be let go.

The way I determine it is by asking myself 3 questions.

1. Is this something that you will read again? If you annually read the Death of Superman next to a fire place with a glass of brandy, its probably worth keeping. Those issues of ‘New Warriors’ you never finished reading the first time, not so much.

2. Is this something you will lend other people? I’ve personally lent the first arc of ‘Y: The Last Man’ to six people since I purchased it. I’ve read it myself more than that.

3. Do you have future plans for this? This one is a little vague because it covers a lot of ground. It stands for milestone issues that are gathering value of that rare issues that reminds you that you really want to tracking everything that else happened in the same series.

If you can’t fit a book into at least one of these categories it may be time to wonder why you are holding onto it. Or it may be time to let it go.

3 Responses to “Pruning Your Collections”

  1. Matt says:

    For a minute, I thought the image used was YOUR collection. But I don’t remember you ever stacking it like that.
    I would also like to add the this:
    4: Is this book something that came with the pitfalls of youth? Sure Battle Chasers was AWESOME at the time, but now you cringe when your fingers run past it in the long box. Or is it so bad now, it’s good and you just have fond memories.

  2. Marc says:


  3. matt says:

    @marc: didn’t you put those up for sale at half-price books?